What It IsAll the action takes place on a detailed, color-illustrated board map of North America. Inside you will find an instruction manual, miniature trains, train-car cards, and destination tickets for each player. Game play is straightforward and consists of only three possible moves per turn: drawing an additional train-car card, drawing a destination ticket, or building a train route.
The basic play is to collect multiple cards of the same color and then claim a route to score points. Destination tickets present an added challenge by assigning secret routes and awarding bonus points for completion of these routes. Because the tickets are kept secret, each player's plan for railway domination won't be revealed until the end!
Ticket to Ride requires only two players and can be played in less than an hour. However, there are many different strategies that can be applied. While your success relies somewhat on the luck of the draw, there's a lot of strategy involved as well. You gain points for completed routes, but lose points for incomplete ones. Plus you can abandon strategies that won't work out, and try to score points for other elements, such as creating the longest continuous route.
Ironically, even though this is an American game, it won the coveted European Game of the Year prize.